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Longitudinal Study: LSAC
Title: Early vocabulary development: The importance of joint attention and parent-child book reading
Authors: Zubrick, S 
Farrant, Brad M 
Publication Date: 28-Nov-2011
Pages: 343-364
Keywords: parent-child book reading
bioecological theory
vocabulary development
joint attention
language development
proximal processes
Abstract: The current study brought a bioecological approach to children’s early vocabulary development using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Relevant data were available for 2188 children (1119 male) who had a median age of 9 months (M = 9.3 months, SD = 2.1 months) at Wave 1 and a median age of 34 months (M = 34.2 months, SD = 2.5 months) at Wave 2. Results support the developmental importance of joint attention and parent-child book reading as well as the argument that the effects of individual (e.g., parent) and environmental (context) characteristics are primarily indirect, mediated through their impact on proximal processes (Bronfenbrenner, 1995). The evidence indicates that joint attention and parent-child book reading are important facilitators of children’s early vocabulary development.
DOI: 10.1177/014272371142262
Keywords: Families -- Parents and Parenting; Child Development -- Speech and Language
Research collection: Journal Articles
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